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‘Condemned forever to becoming and never to being’? The Weise Commission and German Military Isomorphism

Dyson, PTA (2011) ‘Condemned forever to becoming and never to being’? The Weise Commission and German Military Isomorphism German Politics, 20 (4). pp. 545-567.

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Despite several post-Cold War reforms which have promised far-reaching change, the Bundeswehr faces a set of deficits in force structures, capabilities, doctrines and military adaptation, which leave it in danger of slipping permanently behind its European partners. The study examines the extent to which reforms proposed by the Commission on Structural Reform of the Bundeswehr will remedy these deficiencies. It finds that the proposals of the Commission include several important measures which will accelerate German convergence with the reforms of its European partners. However, the Commission fails to address several fundamental problems which impair the Bundeswehr's capacity to adapt to ongoing operations. The article critically engages with the existing theoretical literature on German defence policy and highlights the utility of neoclassical realism in explaining the process and outcome of German defence reform. The study also points to the urgent requirement for further comparative scholarship on post-Cold War European military adaptation and civil–military relations in defence planning.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Dyson, PTA
Date : 1 December 2011
DOI : 10.1080/09644008.2011.606315
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in German Politics, 20 (4), October 2011. German Politics is available online at: with the open URL of
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Dec 2011 14:25
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:15

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